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  • Mets @ Braves: 08/14 7:20 PM ET; SNY, FS; WCBS, ESPN, WCNN



    GAME 120, ROAD GAME 65

    Wednesday, 14th August,
    7:20 PM ET
    SunTrust Park




    METS -- STANDINGS -- BRAVES



    METS -- LEADERS -- BRAVES



    METS -- BATTING -- BRAVES



    METS -- PITCHING -- BRAVES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    BRAVES -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    METS -- LINEUPS -- BRAVES


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    Braves' Keuchel Wants to Rebound vs. Mets, Matz



    Atlanta left-hander Dallas Keuchel will try to bounce back from his worst start of the season when he makes his first career appearance against the visiting New York Mets.

    Keuchel (3-5, 4.83 ERA) will be opposed by left-hander Steven Matz (7-7, 4.49 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series. The Braves won the opener 5-3 on Tuesday.

    Keuchel spent his entire career with the Houston Astros before signing with the Braves as a free agent in June. He has appeared in 202 games, 193 of them starts, but has never had an opportunity to face the Mets.

    The former Cy Young Award winner was roughed up in his last start on Aug. 8 against the Miami Marlins. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits -- three of them home runs -- one walk and four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. It was the most runs he had given up since Aug. 8, 2017, and it led to his third straight loss.

    "I don't think it ever gets easier giving up a bunch of runs, but one thing I can look back on is tomorrow's a new day," Keuchel said after the loss. "It's just one of those days you're happy the game's over with. They hit the ball good, they scored a bunch of runs."

    After owning a 4.95 ERA in his first 16 starts, Matz has since sported a 2-1 record with a 3.20 ERA in four starts since July 21. The highlight was a complete-game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 27.

    After getting bounced around by the Pirates on Aug. 2, when he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings, Matz came back to beat the Marlins on Aug. 7. He tossed 6 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, striking out seven, in that game.

    Matz has benefited from the suggestion that he be more deliberate on the mound.

    "Really, throughout the game, I was just trying to be mindful of still working quick, but just taking a second every once in a while, and not throw a bad pitch just because I'm just rushing instead of taking my time, and really focusing on the next pitch," Matz said after the Marlins game.

    "It was definitely a conscious effort and also beat the heat. The humidity actually played in my favor there because I couldn't rush. I had to take my time, going to the rosin bag and stuff. That helped as well."

    Matz has more wins against Atlanta than any other club. He is 5-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 10 career starts. Matz will be making his fourth start against the Braves this season. He is 1-1 with a 6.23 ERA. He has allowed three homers in 13 innings against Atlanta.

    In his last appearance against the Braves on June 29, Matz was limited to two innings when the game was delayed by rain. He allowed two runs on three hits, one of them a homer, with three strikeouts. Matz received a no-decision in that game, but the Braves rallied late against the New York bullpen.

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        Top of 1:
        Mets first. Rosario singled to left. Davis struck out. Alonso popped out to center fielder Inciarte. On Keuchel's wild pitch, Rosario to second. Ramos walked on a full count. On Keuchel's wild pitch, Rosario to third. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Braves first. Acuña Jr. flied out to right fielder Conforto. Albies flied out to center fielder Lagares. Freeman lined out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 2:
        Mets second. Frazier struck out. Tejada struck out. Lagares lined out to left fielder Duvall.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 2:
        Braves second. Donaldson singled to center. Duvall walked on a full count, Donaldson to second. Camargo grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Tejada, Donaldson to third, Duvall out. Inciarte doubled to left, Donaldson scored, Camargo to third. Flowers flied out to right fielder Conforto. Keuchel grounded out, pitcher Matz to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 3:
        Mets third. Matz grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman. Rosario hit an infield single to shortstop. Davis grounded into a double play, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Rosario out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Braves third. Acuña Jr. grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Albies struck out. Freeman grounded out, first baseman Alonso unassisted.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 4:
        Mets fourth. Alonso lined out to second baseman Albies. Ramos singled to right. Conforto struck out. Frazier struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Braves fourth. Donaldson flied out to right fielder Conforto. Duvall struck out. Camargo struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Mets fifth. Tejada grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman. Lagares grounded out, second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman. Matz singled to right. On Keuchel's wild pitch, Matz to second. Rosario struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Braves fifth. Inciarte struck out. Flowers struck out. Keuchel grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 6:
        Mets sixth. Davis singled to left. Alonso was hit by a pitch, Davis to second. Ramos grounded into a double play, pitcher Keuchel to second baseman Albies to first baseman Freeman, Davis to third, Alonso out. Conforto walked on a full count. Frazier fouled out to first baseman Freeman.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Braves sixth. Acuña Jr. lined out to center fielder Lagares. Albies lined out to center fielder Lagares. Freeman lined out to right fielder Conforto.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Mets seventh. Newcomb pitching. Tejada flied out to right fielder Acuña Jr. Lagares flied out to right fielder Acuña Jr. Matz singled to right. Ch.Martin pitching. Rosario singled to left, Matz to third. Rosario to second. Davis singled to center, Matz scored, Rosario scored. Davis stole second. Alonso flied out to center fielder Inciarte.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 3

        Bottom of 7:
        Braves seventh. Lugo pitching. Altherr in as left fielder. Donaldson walked. Duvall singled to left, Donaldson to second. Camargo singled to left, Donaldson to third, Duvall to second. Inciarte singled to left, Donaldson scored, Duvall to third, Camargo to second. Flowers hit an infield single to second, Duvall scored, Camargo to third, Inciarte to second. Joyce pinch-hitting for Ch.Martin. Joyce grounded into fielder's choice, right fielder Conforto to shortstop Rosario, Camargo scored, Inciarte to third, Flowers out. Acuña Jr. singled to right, Inciarte scored, Joyce to second. Avilán pitching. Albies singled to left, Joyce scored, Acuña Jr. to second. Freeman grounded into a double play, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Alonso, Albies out.
        Runs: 5, Hits: 6

        Top of 8:
        Mets eighth. Greene pitching. Ramos grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Freeman. Conforto struck out. Frazier popped out to second baseman Albies.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Braves eighth. Familia pitching. Donaldson walked on a full count. Duvall struck out. Camargo grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman Tejada, Donaldson out. Inciarte walked on a full count, Camargo to second. Flowers struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 9:
        Mets ninth. Melancon pitching. Tejada grounded out, shortstop Camargo to first baseman Freeman. Lagares singled to center. Panik pinch-hitting for Altherr. Panik doubled to left, Lagares to third. Rosario singled to left, Lagares scored, Panik to third. Guillorme pinch-hitting for Familia. Guillorme singled to left, Panik scored, Rosario to second. Alonso safe at first on fielder's choice plus fielding error by shortstop Camargo, Rosario to third, Guillorme to second. Ramos struck out. Blevins pitching. Conforto struck out.
        Runs: 2, Hits: 4

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          Braves Jump on Seth Lugo for 5 Runs in 7th, Beat Mets 6-4


          by CHARLES ODUM

          ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta Braves survived another near-meltdown by the back end of their bullpen in the ninth after the New York Mets' best reliever gave up five runs in the seventh.

          Tyler Flowers drove in a tie breaking run with an infield hit, and Atlanta scored five runs off Seth Lugo in the seventh and survived a ninth-inning scare in a 6-4 win over New York on Wednesday night.

          The first-place Braves (72-50) are 22 games over .500 for the first time since 2013. That made manager Brian Snitker happy with the win "no matter how you get it."

          Snitker could overlook the ninth-inning struggles by Mark Melancon, the team's latest closer.

          The Mets have lost three straight, including the first two of the three-game series with Atlanta, after winning 15 of 16 to move up in the NL wild-card chase. The loss left the Mets three games behind Chicago in the race for the second wild card.

          "We're still in a good spot," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "It's not the end of the world."

          New York scored two runs in the ninth off Melancon. Amed Rosario had four hits, including a run-scoring single off Melancon. Pinch-hitter Luis Guillorme added another run-scoring single before loading the bases.

          A lengthy review overturned the on-field call that Guillorme was out at second on Pete Alonso's grounder to Ozzie Albies. Shortstop Johan Camargo dropped the throw from Albies for an error, leaving the bases loaded with one out.

          Melancon struck out Wilson Ramos before left-hander Jerry Blevins struck out Michael Conforto for his first save.

          J.D. Davis gave New York a 2-1 lead with a two-run single in the seventh, when Steven Matz had his second bloop single to right field.

          Matz was removed by Callaway after throwing only 79 pitches and allowing only two hits in six innings. Matz retired 14 consecutive batters before being lifted.

          The move backfired when the Braves scored five runs on six singles off Lugo and Luis Avilan in the seventh. All five runs were charged to Lugo (5-3), who recorded only one out.

          Callaway defended the decision to take Matz out of the game with right-handed hitters Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall set to open the seventh.

          "We have the best reliever in baseball sitting down there in Seth Lugo," Callaway said. "... I'll make that move 100 times out of 100. That's the right move in my mind."

          Asked if he was tired after running the bases, Matz said "I felt pretty good. ... It's definitely a humid day, but I have enough time to catch my breath and cool off and stuff."

          After Lugo walked Donaldson to open the inning, the Braves had four straight singles. Ender Inciarte's bases-loaded hit to left field tied the game. Flowers then hit a grounder which first baseman Alonso couldn't snag while running toward second. Lugo was late to cover first.

          Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Albies also drove in runs in the big inning.

          Lugo said he was "just a little unlucky tonight" though he said "walking the leadoff hitter, that hurts."

          Inciarte drove in two runs with two hits.

          Dallas Keuchel threw six scoreless innings before the Mets' two-run seventh against Sean Newcomb and Chris Martin (1-1).

          The loss came after the Mets placed All-Star Jeff McNeil on the 10-day injured list with a mild left hamstring strain.

          The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 12 minutes by rain.

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Mets: This is McNeil's second IL stint with a left hamstring injury this season. He also was on the IL from May 23 to June 4. ... OF Brandon Nimmo (neck), who has been out since May 21, could begin a rehab assignment in about a week.

          Braves: Flowers needed attention from a trainer for a cut on his head after he was hit by Pete Alonso's bat on Alonso's swing and miss in the seventh. Flowers remained in the game.

          TEJADA STARTS

          Ruben Tejada, recalled from Triple-A Syracuse, was held without a hit as he started at second base. Callaway said he plans to have Tejada start against left-handers in a platoon with Joe Panik. Tejada, 29, played with the Mets from 2010 through 2015.

          FREEMAN'S CATCH

          With runners on first and third in the sixth, the Mets couldn't score. Todd Frazier's pop fly into shallow right field was caught by first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was running down the line with his back to the infield.

          UP NEXT

          Marcus Stroman (6-11, 3.07) will face the Braves for the first time with the Mets in Thursday night's final game of the series. With Toronto, Stroman was 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA in two starts against the Braves. Julio Teheran (7-7, 3.35) is 10-8 with a 2.68 ERA in 28 career games against the Mets, including a 1-1 record and 6.08 ERA in three starts this season.

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